Here's a look at an existing Slim Chickens. Fort Worth gets its first this summer.

Here's a look at an existing Slim Chickens. Fort Worth gets its first this summer.

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Every week for about 12 years, Flint Harris has eaten at Slim Chickens in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He orders the Slims Plate -- five chicken tenders, grilled -- with a side of tangy, mayo-based Slim Sauce and a Coke.

Slim Chickens customers can order at the counter or use the drive-thru.

Slim Chickens customers can order at the counter or use the drive-thru.

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On June 22, Harris will open his favorite chicken place in his childhood hometown of Fort Worth. Harris and two business partners Max Moore and Tim Kraftson hope to open five Slim Chickens franchises in Tarrant County. Harris also operates a cupcake franchise in Arkansas.

D-FW's first Slim Chickens will be on North Tarrant Parkway, near the border of Fort Worth and Keller. It will be similar to the existing restaurants of the same name in college towns such as Lubbock, Texas; Norman, Oklahoma; and the Fayetteville, Arkansas original.

Harris says Slim Chickens has "a very Southern-casual feel to it." Patrons will order at the counter and grab a seat. Though the menu has grilled chicken salads and wraps, the most popular items are the chicken tenders (grilled or fried) and the new chicken and waffles. Most orders come with a side of fries, which can be subbed for mac and cheese, potato salad, fried mushrooms and more.

Slim Chickens has 10 house-made dipping sauces that include the popular cayenne ranch, blue cheese and an "inferno" wing sauce.

Harris says other franchisees are scoping out the Dallas area, though no locations have been established yet.

How will Slim Chickens fare with in a crowded market that includes Chick-fil-A, Chicken Express and Super Chix? "We're certainly aware of the competition," Harris says. "We believe in our product."

"I think that the people down here are really going to enjoy it."

5528 N. Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth. [Editor's note: Story updated to note the opening date of June 22, 2015.]

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